The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) recently released a list of trends expected to influence residential and commercial landscaping this fall. While mums are a staple of fall landscaping, they are definitely not the only option. If you are looking to refresh your landscaping for fall, check out this list from NALP for some ideas:

Rich, Textured Plantings
Fall provides the opportunity to refresh garden beds and container gardens. Before relying on the comfort of traditional mums, experts recommend considering ornamental kales, cabbage, and peppers, as well as snapdragons, pansies, and grasses to add rich color and texture. Homeowners should also consider texture while interiorscaping, the art of purposefully planting indoor greenery. Succulents can add life to a garden bed or apartment terrace during the warmer months and a trendy, textured green vibe during the fall and winter months.

Pops of Jewel Tones
Classic fall colors like red, yellow and orange will find competition from crisp and sophisticated jewel tones this season. Sapphire blue, emerald green, amethyst purple, ruby red, and citrine yellow all bring warmth to fall landscape design. Experts recommend adding pops of jewel tones to outdoor living spaces with unique container gardens and decorative furnishings and accessories. Seasonal plantings such as pansies, celosia, dianthus, and black-eyed Susan will add fresh, bright colors.

Cozy, Comfortable Outdoor Living
After enjoying sweet summertime, fall allows homeowners to transition their landscapes and utilize features that can’t always be used during warmer months. Fire features continue to rise in popularity. From one-touch natural gas or propane ignition to traditional wood-burning fire features, homeowners can heat up chilly fall nights with ease and ambiance. Pergolas have gained popularity and we will see their usefulness continue in the cooler months thanks to retractable canopies and heating systems. Signature features, like fire features and pergolas, complemented by comfortable seating and attractive and aromatic plantings and jewel tones will bring resort-like comfort to homes across the country.

Healthy, Lush Lawns
Americans love their lawns. A recent national survey conducted on behalf of NALP found 77 percent of Americans report relaxing in their yards at least once a month. Well-maintained lawns support the well-being of neighborhoods and allow communities to connect, play, celebrate, and unwind. Fall is one of the most critical seasons for preparing lawns and landscapes for year-round health. By working with a professional on essential fall lawn care needs homeowners will see a wealth of benefits come spring.


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